The Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton marks a new phase in the philanthropic efforts of the LVMH group and its houses, and epitomises the support for art, culture and heritage they have been providing for nearly twenty-five years. Five years after meeting architect Frank Gehry, the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH group launched a major project.
It marks a new step driven by a renewed ambition:
- A long term commitment wishing to establish strong roots in western Paris and to develop as an institution of reference over time.
- This project of great philanthropic value for the city of Paris entailed the construction of an exceptional building on municipal public land and a 55-year occupancy agreement with the City of Paris.
As a private cultural initiative, it was born of a shared passion and aims to be a stakeholder in the local area. It is rooted in the heart of Greater Paris, in the Bois de Boulogne, where Paris meets Neuilly-sur-Seine. The Fondation Louis Vuitton aims to become part of the Ile-de-France cultural landscape and to rekindle interest in western Paris.
Rooted in the history of artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, the collection and programme offer a series of projects intended to:
- Promote creation in the present by adopting a position of openness and dialogue with artists, intellectuals and the public.
- Astound visitors by offering a multifaceted activity that informs, exhibits and showcases the works of the 20th and 21st centuries in an exceptional space.
- Move and surprise the public by exhibiting artists' work in an innovative building, a model of emblematic architecture designed by Frank Gehry.
A new space that opens up a dialogue with a wider public and provides artists and intellectuals with a platform for debate and reflection.
2001 – Bernard Arnault meets Frank Gehry after visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The idea of collaborating on the Fondation Louis Vuitton project is launched.
October 2006 – In the presence of Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister for Culture and Communication, Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, and Frank Gehry, the project's architect, Bernard Arnault, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH group, and Yves Carcelle, Chairman of Louis Vuitton, officially announce the creation of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
December 2006 – By an agreement reached with the City of Paris in December 2006 granting occupancy of public land, the Fondation Louis Vuitton obtains a 55-year lease for a plot of 1 hectare on which to construct a building dedicated to art and creation.
August 2007 – Building permission is granted.
March 2008 – Construction begins with earthwork and diaphragm walls.
2010 –The model of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is exhibited at the Centre Pompidou Metz during its opening exhibition entitled "Chefs-d’œuvre?" in the architecture section.
2011 – End of structural works and installation of the iceberg's metallic framework.
2012 – Installation of the iceberg's shells, the Ductal then the glass sails.
2013 – "the laying of the last stone".
28 February 2014 – Building reception.
Spring 2014 – Final landscaping of the Fondation's surroundings.
27 October 2014 – Public opening.
Bernard Arnault, President of the Fondation Louis Vuitton
Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to the president
Suzanne Pagé, Artistic director
Sophie Durrleman, Executive Director
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From left to right: Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Bertrand Delanoë, Frank Gehry, Bernard Arnault, Yves Carcelle.
Frank Gehry in front of the 1:50 scale model of the Fondation.
December 2013: the construction of the Fondation comes to an end.